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Wembley Downs return to the Amateur Premier League stage this weekend after their giant-killing victory over PS4 NPLWA side Stirling Lions in the Westfield FFA Cup on Easter Monday.

Wembley, who scored a 2-0 win over the Lions to advance to the next FFA Cup stage on ANZAC Day, entertain Belmont Villa in league action at Butlers Reserve on Sunday.

It might appear to be an easier task on paper but Coach Colm Costello expects Villa to provide a stern test.

“Although we had a decent result on Monday in the cup, getting three points in this game to us is more important and we know we are up against a tough opponent,” Costello said.

A 3-2 round-one victory over Kinglsey, with goals from Banin Hashem, Stephen Geoghegan and Gavin Walsh, turned out to be the perfect platform for the Lions encounter.

“Kingsley was a very tough game and it went down to the wire,” he said.

“We pinched a last-minute winner in a game that could have gone either way.

“Kingsley was always going to be one tough away game for us, and it turned out to be just that, but we managed to come home with the points.”

Villa head into the game in good form after a stunning 6-0 win against BB United in round one.

“Belmont are a very good team who we always have really competitive games with, and we will not by any means take this lightly,” he said.

Kwinana United, who opened their season with a big win against former State League side Ellenbrook United, make the trip to Ja Lee Reserve to take on Perth Royals on Sunday.

A hat-trick from Lee Bates, with Jamie Nugent and Dean Patefield also on target, gave them a 5-0 win last week to the delight of coach Kris Donnell.

“It was a good display from the lads in our first game against a tough Ellenbrook team,” he said.

“We played some very nice football throughout the game and we got our reward with some fantastic finishes.

“We managed to get a few young lads on the pitch and they never looked out of sort so that was very pleasing for me.”

The Royals were beaten at Leeming last week, but Donnell knows they have a good side, and are hard to beat, especially at home.

“Perth Royals is always a tricky tie at their ground and we will expect another tough game on Sunday,” he said.

“Our lads are training very well just now and are hungry for success this season, so we know every game we have to give 100 percent and execute the game plan on the day.”

In other games on Sunday, BB United entertains Southern Spirit at the Bosnian Recreation Centre, while Kingsley make the trip to Carine Open Space to take on Hamersley Rovers.

Early league leaders Subiaco travel to Ellenbrook District Open Space to meet Ellenbrook, while last season’s runners-up North Perth United host Leeming Strikers at Woodville Reserve.